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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

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1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience. Service was fabulous and the food was delicious. We sat outside in the courtyard listening to soft, great Italian music being played. Get there early on the weekend or you won't find parking! Worth the trip.

Thank Carol H
Long Beach, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to Moma Carolla's with my brother and his wife, who live nearby. We were seated immediately without reservations and everyone appreciated their food quite a lot. The restaurant was busy, but there is a lot of seating. Definitely a good find!

Thank Joe G
Indianapolis, Indiana
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At 5 PM this establishment was already taking names on "wait list." Was seated within 7 minutes. Service was prompt, orderly - food was excellent. Typically the GF choices are just okay - this was the best and tastiest of any restaurant so far. The bread and side salads were fresh and tasty. The "scratch" Alfredo sauce was very, very... More 

Thank Bigshooz
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to sit outside and it was a very pretty courtyard. The melon and prosciutto salad was tasty and the fresh basil was a nice added touch. The spaghetti carbonara was good and the French Martini was simply perfect. A nice, casual place to eat classic Italian. Convenient parking around the back.

Thank derind805
Orlando, Florida
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

This spot was recommended from some coworkers and it was well worth the trip. The food was excellent and prices very reasonable for what you get. The wine selection is good and also reasonably priced. There were 7 of us and nobody had something that was just ok. We will for sure be back next time in Indy.

Thank Karl P
Carmel, Indiana
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284 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is an old school Italian restaurant - cozy in an old house, good red sauces, good salads, nice desserts, and a good selection of wines. It would be a good place for a special evening for two, and yet it is also good for the whole family. It can be tough to get in on a Friday or Saturday... More 

Thank MizzouLizard
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

We stopped here on a Friday night at 7 pm, and only had to wait 15 or 20 minutes for a table. Nice restaurant located in a historic home. The staff were very friendly and professional. The food was AMAZING. I decided to try the chicken parmigiana, which I don't usually order anywhere because it's often heavy and greasy-- but... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

It was jumping the night we were there for a family get-together, but the food was good, and other than the waiter dropping two of our entrees, the service was pretty good (obviously two people dined a little later than the rest.) The portions are big, and everybody liked what they had. It was possible to split an entrée, and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Was a Saturday night got in before the crowds got there ...we sat outside nice little area . I ordered the lasagna nice big portion great flavor. My husband ordered the clams he said his food was great! You also get homemade bread and salad with your meals:) parking is a little skim but this place is worth it and... More 

Thank Jodi F
London, United Kingdom
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162 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

The venue is really nice, from the ornamental garden to the Frank Sinatra music, the place oozes charm. However, the food was terrible. I wouldn't mind betting the chef has never been near Italy. The bruschetta had processed cheese on it and the veal parmesan was tough, overcooked and came topped with a tonne more melted cheese (i'm not convinced... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: 317-259-9412

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?